On writing and not writing

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“I cannot find any patience for those people who believe that you start writing when you sit down at your desk and pick up your pen and finish writing when you put down your pen again; a writer is always writing, seeing everything through a thin mist of words, fitting swift little descriptions to everything he sees, always noticing.”

—Shirley Jackson (x)

I admit the technical truth of this, but I also feel sure that for the more neurotic of our number, the strict writing/not-writing distinction is necessary if we’re to get anything done. Daydreaming has a lot to do with writing, and so does observation, but some of us will use them as excuses to avoid actually, you know, writing things down.